The technical requirements of an IT professional are always evolving. To advance your career, it’s the transferable, soft skills that will get your resume noticed or get you promoted. Communication skills, innovation, and business acumen are the skills that will separate you from the other IT applicants, as well as the new IT replacement of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic replacement.
Enhancing your Communication and Empathy Skills Enhancing your soft skills is a lifelong pursuit. Practice by listening to others and then asking questions to ensure you understand the meaning, intent and emotion of what is being said. Work to understand your entire business, not just the function of the IT department. And above all else, express empathy. People want to be surrounded by people they like and that understand them.
Be an Innovator and Problem Solver Highlighting ways that you have creatively approached a problem demonstrates that you […]
If you are thinking that it’s time to quit your information technology (IT) job, well, most likely it is. But, before you polish up your resume and call a recruiter, review these 7 signs that it truly is time to quit your job.
You lost your motivation Lack of motivation happens from being overworked, underworked, not challenged or too challenged. When was the last time you were proud of your work? If it’s more than a few months, it’s time to move on. You Don’t See a Future Where do you see yourself 2 years from now? If you’re not picturing your current employer, move on. You’re Not Learning In the profession of information technology, you need to continual learning and through new projects, technology and systems. If you’re doing the same thing every day, you need to move on. It’s a Negative Environment If you dread going to […]
What makes a network engineer successful and of the successful network engineers, what are three skills of the MOST successful ones? There are a few common traits that consistently make the difference between a good and great network professional.
Communication is Key It’s the soft skills that make or break a successful network engineer. The stereotypical IT guy, that is a nonverbal, or worse, sarcastic and condescending quickly gets a bad reputation within an organization.
On the other hand, the friendly and positive IT network professional that is happy to help and can explain technical concepts in plain, digestible language is an asset to the organization.
Continual Education Technology is an industry that you must continually learn and develop your skills, certifications and experiences. A desirable network engineer will have several vendor specific certifications, with Cisco CCNA being the most sought after as well as the most common.
It’s that time. Time to move on in your technology career. As a first step, start by evaluating your programming languages and determine where you have a skill gap.
If you thought C programming language was dead, think again. C programming is the go-to language for most developers and still ranks highly on the programming-language indexes of RedMonk and TIOBE.
Evolution of C C language is one of the original programming languages, right up there with Assembly and FORTRAN. The difference is, 46 years later C is still going strong. The reason: Evolution. C is always releasing updated versions to keep pace with new functions.
Why C? By brushing up on your C skills you will be able to read and write code for a large number of platforms, including microcontrollers, advanced systems and operating systems.
C or C++ C++ is an extension of C. It is quite difficult […]
Looking for an in-demand career path?
Big Data positions are in high demand. In particular, two high-paying positions that enterprise and research institutions are seeking are data scientists and data engineers.
Let’s compare the key differences in the roles and responsibilities of a data scientist and a data engineer to help you decide which one is right for your career.
Big Data is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “an accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.”
With data sets this large, new roles have emerged to manage, query, interpret and visualize the data. Additionally, the data then needs to be turned into actionable insights to help business and organizations. The roles of data scientist and data engineer are found in large, enterprise corporations and organizations, as well as research and governmental institutions. Both positions have enormous growth potential and have been […]
Gaps in employment can happen to many professionals. Whether the reason is of a personal nature, (maternity or paternity leave or caring for a family member), or is a more professional matter (being laid off or heading back to the classroom), it is essential that a tech professional address these gaps on their resume. So, what are the most common employment gaps that professionals experience and how does a job seeker address these gaps on their tech resume?
Employment Gap # 1: Going Back to School Full-time Returning to school full-time after being employed can create a gap in employment. If you are a professional returning to the workforce after being a full-time student, there are several ways to present this gap on your resume. For example, not only should you list the type of degree you earned, but you should also put your educational experience under your professional […]
DevOps has gone from a ‘chaotic experiment’ once believed destined for failure to the industry standard in a short period of time. In the last year alone, DevOps has seen considerable change, as more businesses include the methodology into their operating environment. As DevOps becomes more and more prevalent, how do companies take advantage of this change in operations to speed delivery and innovation?
What is DevOps? DevOps, also sometimes referred to as “Continuous Integration” (CI) or “Continuous Delivery” (CD) is an application development and management practice that aims to integrate software development with deployment and operations. The practice of DevOps is predicated on developing, testing, and deploying code in the shortest amount of time possible by removing all manual effort and ‘customizations.’ Read more about the top DevOps trends of 2018, below.
Enterprise DevOps In 2017, the presence of DevOps grew stronger in both the IT world and business […]
Interviews are nerve-racking experiences, but they are a crucial function for job seekers. In an interview, a job seeker must not only worry about their knowledge, but also how they present themselves in areas such as nonverbal communication. For example, 33% of interviewers know within 90 seconds if they would hire the applicant due to nonverbal cues. With such an emphasis put on the “performance” side of interviews, it’s imperative that job seekers practice interview techniques and presentation beforehand. The best way to get this essential practice is by participating in a mock job interview.
What is a Mock Job Interview? A mock job interview is a practice interview with a professional career counselor. Many of these mock job interviews can occur at career counseling centers, such as those found on college campuses. Also, many recruiters can conduct mock job interviews or refer candidates to professionals who specialize in […]
The tech industry has always been known to seek out the best and the brightest. Because of this, the competition for jobs with well-known tech companies can be tough. With this in mind, it’s imperative that tech professionals set themselves apart from their peers. So, how do tech professionals get noticed in this very competitive market?
Make Sure Your Resume is Top Notch “More than 250 resumes will be submitted for every corporate job opening. From this pile of over 250 resumes, 4 to 6 candidates will be interviewed, and 1 will be offered the job.” With statistics like these, it’s imperative your resume is in the best shape possible to stand out from the pack. Not only must your resume be “perfect,” it must also be unique in order to find its way to the top of the pile. Make sure all your skills are correctly and efficiently […]
Certifications can be a great way to enhance a resume, boost salary potential, and move your career forward. Per a Global Knowledge survey, it was found that 83 percent of IT professionals hold an IT certification. Moreover, they also found the average salary for certified IT professionals in the U.S. is on average $8,400 higher than their non-certified peers.
The Top 5 IT Certifications for 2018 1. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) Average Salary: $127,507
2. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) Average Salary: $122,448
3. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Average Salary: $119,085
4. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Average Salary: $118,179
5. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Average Salary: $110,634
The IT Certification Trends: It’s All About Security and Risk When looking at the top five IT certifications, it’s not hard to spot a trend: Security and risk management is in high demand, […]